Toronto, 1st.ed., n.d. (c.1970’s). 179 pp., D.j., 22 x 14cm. Surface tear to d.j. o/w V.G.+. When war broke out in 1939, Canada’s warships could be counted on both hands but by the end of the conflict they had a fleet of hundreds of escorts and had played a major role in the Battle of the Atlantic. The Royal Canadian Navy had to quickly learn the art of anti-U-boat warfare from the Royal Navy but their dedicated amateur crews learnt quickly – many of them were still in their teens – even the commanding officers were only in their mid-twenties. This is the first full account of Canada’s valuable contribution, told by an ex-corvette officer who recalls instances of tragedy, courage and humour as these small ill-equipped escorts battled the stormy Atlantic, fought a ruthless enemy, and protected vital Allied convoys.